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Here's how chairman of Africa's largest private defence company sees the continent's future

[Johannesburg, 1 September 2014] - In Obama's view, the US-Africa Summit in Washington signalled an important shift in the US's relationship with Africa. He assured leaders that US policy in the continent would be based on partnership and mutual opportunity, rather than on aid, charity, and security crisis management.

This is an ideal time for a change in both policy and perception: South Sudan and the Central African Republic aside, Africa is no longer wracked with civil war, at least not to nearly the degree that it was 20 or even 10 years ago. Ethiopia, South Africa and Ghana boast three of the world's fastest-growing economies. China has been investing extensively in infrastructure and natural resource extraction in Africa, and more of the continent's countries are democracies than ever before.

Africa's security issues are far from solved. But as conference attendee Ivor Ichikowitz, the executive chairman of South African defence contractor, Paramount, explained to Business Insider, the continent has never been better equipped to solve them on its own. And this means global powers like the US will have to change their approach to how they aid African governments in countering emerging security threats like Boko Haram in Nigeria, or Al Shabaab in Kenya.
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Last updated : 1 September 2014

 

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